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Centerpoint hosts renowned children’s choir from Africa

Watoto travels the world as ambassadors for kids orphaned from HIV/AIDS
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Watoto Children’s Choir will present “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation” on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Centerpoint Community Church (formerly First Presbyterian Church) in Roseville.

The choir features original African music, dance routines and life-transforming stories, according to a press release.

The Uganda-based Watoto organization is a holistic care program formed to serve the needs of Africans, especially orphaned and vulnerable children. Watoto means “the children” in Swahili.

Since 1994, the renowned choir has traveled internationally as ambassadors for the estimated 50 million children left without parents in Africa as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty. Each child in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents.

“I love to hear the children talk of their lives — the pain of being orphaned and the joy of finding a new family,” said Centerpoint Senior Pastor Jim Barstow. “All you hear from them is joy, love and appreciation. It’s just amazing.”

Those who have not found permanent homes live in Watoto Children’s Villages where they “receive the care and nurturing they need to grow up as productive citizens of their country,” according to the release.

The model involves physical care, medical intervention including HIV/AIDS treatment, formal and vocational education, counseling and spiritual discipleship.

~ Sena Christian

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Watoto Children’s Choir presents “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation”
When:
7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25
Where: Centerpoint Community Church, 515 Sunrise Avenue in Roseville
Cost: Free
Info: Visit www.centerpointroseville.org or call (916) 782-3186